In mid-2016, large numbers of South Sudanese refugees began to arrive in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fleeing violence in their homeland. At various times civilians from DRC and South Sudan have migrated across their shared border seeking safety from conflict in their respective countries. Unless steps are taken to prevent escalation, the recent influx of refugees in DRC has the potential to turn existing tensions into violence. This policy brief examines these tensions and puts forward recommendations for action to reduce conflict.
South Sudanese refugees and pathways to conflict prevention in the Democratic Republic of Congo
This report is based on participatory research carried out in August 2017, across Ituri, Bas-Uélé and Haut-Uélé provinces of DRC, in 14 communities in Aru, Faradje, Dungu, Ango and Bondo territories. Research was conducted by a team of 27 researchers, composed primarily of youth and local civil society staff from Haut-Uélé and Ituri province. The research has also benefitted from the experience and learning of Conciliation Resources and partners working on Lord’s Resistance Army issues in DRC for over seven years.